Under One Sky: 2020 Global Conference
November 13 & 14
Responsible lighting and access to the night and its star-filled sky is a human right. Around the world, light pollution is destroying ancient traditions and knowledge systems. Over–lighting in cities and communities poses a significant problem for the people living there. This year’s International Dark-Sky Association conference will focus on the environmental and cultural threat that light pollution poses to people who have been under-represented in the work to protect the night from light pollution – and invite discussions about how to address these threats.
This year – the conference is going virtual!
Each year The International Dark-Sky Association brings together its members from all over the world for its Annual Conference. This year, they are taking this important event directly to its international audience by hosting a virtual conference and allowing the global network to connect safely and conveniently from home.
Registration is free but required.
The Global Conference is bringing together a diverse variety of storytellers from around the world that will emphasise the stories and voices often underrepresented in the dark sky community.
Annette S. Lee
Annette Lee is an astrophysicist, artist, and Director of the Native Skywatchers research and programming initiative. She will present a keynote session titled, “Wicaŋhpi Oyate (Star People) Under One Sky”. The presentation will focus on Indigenous Astronomy worldviews, particularly Ojibwe and D(L)akota, and how people from all cultures might look to this relationship with the sky as a reminder of the critical importance of the night and its star-filled sky.
Learn more about her and the session here.
More speakers to be announced soon . . .
Sessions will happen across 24 hours in three different global time zones beginning with a global opening on Friday, November 13 at 1:00 PM PST (4:00 PM EST, 21:00 UT). Then the conference will move to three regional breakout sessions on Saturday, November 14, each two hours long. Then, conference attendees will come back together for a global closing session at 1:00 pm PST (4:00 pm EST, 21:00 UT/London). Details of conference schedule HERE.
We look forward to virtually connecting with you for the 2020 Global Conference!